Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Candidate Information Pack
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Welcome to the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) Qualifications. You have received this pack because you are embarking upon the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course with Boston College. We look forward to working with you and supporting your professional development. This pack provides you with information about: • • • • • •
The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification School experience Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure Attending college Working in school Resources
About us…. Maria Tue, Course Co-ordinator STLS, DPP, A1, V1, PTLLS, NVQ 3 EYC&E Teaching Assistant, Internal Verifier, Lecturer, Assessor Jo Campbell, Course Co-ordinator Apprenticeships STLS, NVQ 3 C&E, FDa Early Years and Educare, HLTA, PTLLS, A1 Teaching Assistant, Lecturer, Assessor Jemma Austin, NAT DIP BTEC Nursery Nursing, NVQ L2 Social Care, NVQ L3 Teaching Assistant, Assessor Wendy Hare, NVQ L3 CCLD, Cert Early Years Practice, , FDEY, Assessor Our team of qualified and experienced staff will provide taught workshops at college, home study guidance, tutorials, support visits, and school based observations to enable candidates to complete the programme.
Contact us… Our team is based at the Goodliffe Centre at the Rochford Campus of Boston College in Skirbeck Road. You can telephone us on 01205 365701 ext. 3510
The College Mission Boston College: a learning organisation raising aspirations and meeting the skills and needs of individuals, communities and employers, through high quality education and training. It is essential that you attend the workshop sessions as the college has 80% attendance requirement. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please contact your asessor as soon as possible. There are a range of student services available through the college; • • • • • •
Careers advice Childcare support information Health advice Information about progress to other courses Confidential counselling service Support needs service
You can telephone student service department on: 01205 365701, or see more information on www.boston.ac.uk
Diploma in specialist support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Diploma is designed for those who are experienced in supporting Primary, Secondary or Special Needs schools in an employed position. It requires candidates to demonstrate increased responsibility and independence in their role.
Candidates are required to complete 11 mandatory units equating to 32 QCF credit points; • • • • • • • • • • •
Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults Schools as organisations Support learning activities Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people Support assessment for learning Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s, and young peoples settings Support children and young people’s health and safety Understand child and young person development Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
Candidates are also required to complete optional units equating to 12 QCF credit points which include a wide variety of subjects designed to meet the needs of individual job roles including;
Working with parents Bilingual
Extra curricular activities
Certificate in Supporting Teaching Learning in Schools Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate is designed for those who are supporting Primary, Secondary or Special Needs schools in a voluntary or employed position. It requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their role.
Candidates are required to complete 9 mandatory units equating to 24 QCF credit points;
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Child and young person development Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults Equality, Diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people Help improve own and team practice in schools Maintain and support relationships with children and young people Support children and young people’s health and safety Support children and young people’s positive behaviour Support learning activities
Candidates are also required to complete optional units equating to 6 QCF credit points which include a wide variety of subjects designed to meet the needs of individual job roles including;
Schools as organisations Exams
Support bilingual learners
Invigilate tests and
Support extra-curricular activities
Provide support for
School Experience The work based element of the programme requires that you undertake the job role on a school placement. For the Diploma, you should be employed in a supporting learning role for a minimum of 12 hours per week for the duration of the course (approximately 18 months). For the certificate, you should be volunteering or employed in a supporting role for a minimum of 10 hours or more per week. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosures All candidates must have a current CRB disclosure accepted by the school before they embark on their school placement. If you are new to your school you must ensure that you apply for your CRB disclosure via the school in good time to start your placement. If you have any difficulties obtaining your CRB disclosure from your school placement, please contact your assessor. Working in School You are responsible for your work in school. It is important that you maintain a good working relationship with staff in your school. It is important to be punctual, reliable and behave appropriately. Please ensure that you adhere to school policies and procedures. Support from school Please be aware that support from your school should not lead to a great increase in workload from school staff, however, there are some basic requirement for evidence for which you will need to ask teachers and other members of school staff. Remember that witness evidence can be complete by any qualified professional who is employed in the school, e.g. teachers, qualified teaching assistants, SENCO, team leaders etc 6
Assessor support Your assessor will book appointment with you in advance to visit you in school at a time which is suitable for you, your school and your assessor. Please remind the staff you work with when these visits are due to take place and ensure the school office are informed. Your assessor will follow the school signing in procedures and you should be there to meet your assessor at the reception area at the appointed time. If you need to change an appointment, please inform your assessor as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made. Candidates who repeatedly cancel appointments will quickly fall behind and be referred to course co-ordinator.
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We are sure you will find this course valuable and enjoyable; you will gain confidence and develop professionally as we work through it together.
Useful resources Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools By Louise Burnham and Brenda Baker Published by Heinemann Certificate level book (blue cover) Diploma level book, primary (green cover) Diploma level book, secondary (red cover) You may wish to buy or borrow a copy; there are some in college and local libraries. Other useful websites www.tda.gov.uk www.dcsf.gov.uk www.lincolnshire.gov.ukj www.teachernet.gov.uk www.everychildmatters.gov.uk wwww.inclusion.ngfl.gov.uk www.cwdcouncil.org.uk www.kidscape.org.uk www.cityandguilds.com www.boston.ac.uk